Event Report

Base data

Event code GE-VAE/01747/GTM
Main category Geological Event
Sub category volcano eruption
Event date (UTC) Tue, 01 Sep 2020 14:15:44 +0000
Last update (UTC) Tue, 01 Sep 2020 14:15:44 +0000


Continent Central-America
Country Guatemala
Administration area Department of Chimaltenango
Exact location Fuego Volcano
Open Location Code: 766FF4F9+VH
Size of affected area County-level
Additional events None or not detected.

Common Alerting Protocol Information

Urgency Past
Certainty Observed
Severity Extreme
Category Geo

Event details

The Fuego volcano in Guatemala has recently undergone a major explosion, sending a cloud of ash up to 4,700 metres into the sky. The Fuego volcano is an active volcano in Guatemala, Central America. The volcano is located on the Ring of Fire, a 40,000km horseshoe in the Pacific Ocean known for high volcanic and seismic activity. According to recent reports, volcanologists have observed an increase in activity at the Fuego volcano in recent days. Volcan de Fuego, Spanish for “Volcano of Fire”, is located in Guatemala on the Central America Volcanic Arc. Fuego is a stratovolcano or composite volcano, and it has a conical shape. The imposing structure can be seen from Guatemala’s capital, Guatemala City, 27 miles away from Fuego's summit. The Fuego volcano is well known to be almost constantly active at low levels. While larger eruptions are rare, small gas and ash eruptions occur every 15 to 20 minutes. According to Volcano Discovery, on Monday, August 31 “ongoing strombolian activity” caused lava to eject up to 300 metres above the summit of the volcano. The eruption sparked “moderate to strong avalanches of material”, and lava reportedly started to descend down the slopes of the volcano. Weak to moderate explosions were recorded at six to nine-hour intervals, and an ash plume reached approximately 4,500 to 4,700ft into the sky. During previous eruptions, the Fuego volcano has caused major devastation. The Fuego volcano erupted in June 2018, and it was the volcano’s most violent eruption in four decades. Volcanologists believe the ash plume from the eruption propelled up to 33,000ft in the air.

Situation update


Number of dead: 0 person(s)
Number of injured: 0 person(s)
Number of Affected: 0 person(s)
Number of Rescued/evacuated: 0 person(s)
Number of Missing: 0 person(s)
Number of Infected: 0 person(s)

Event Specific Details

[Geological Event - volcano eruption]

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Risk Analisys

Nearest marine ports There is no known marine port nearby.
Nearest airports La Aurora Airport (39.92 km)
Nearest nuclear power plant There is no known nuclear power plant nearby.

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